book review: the enchantress of florence

The Enchantress of Florence is Salman Rushdie’s latest. It tells the story of that enchantress in a fragmented way and the story of the person telling the story in, dare I say a more fragmented one? Machiavelli is a character as is Amerigo Vespucci’s cousin and Argalia the Turk who fights with four albino swiss giants at his side. The Argalia part of the story reminded me muchly of The Baroque Cycle with its derring do and Barbary pirates and such. But there’s also an imaginary queen and a very wise advisor and a lot of very canny whores. I liked it, but wished the story hadn’t been tied to periods of history I know so little about. It felt like there were a lot of things that were fictional alongside the historical, and I wish I knew a bit more about which was which. So yes, my main complaint was about my own ignorance. Selah.

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